Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Goerges downs Bertens to set-up Wimbledon semi with Serena

Goerges downs Bertens to set-up Wimbledon semi with Serena

The 36-year-old Williams was absent from the All England Club in 2017 due to her pregnancy, and played her first Grand Slam since giving birth at the French Open last month when she reached fourth round.

After clinching the win, Goerges did not celebrate at first, preferring instead to show sympathy with her beaten friend, embracing her with a long hug at the net. She played a powerful game throughout - averaging a 112 miles per hour first serve on the day and had six total aces and 20 winners.

Williams, however, lifted her intensity in the second set, avoiding any break points as she secured one break of her own. Why not take a risk?

The issue: a pectoral injury that, at the time, left some doubts that she could play at Wimbledon.

23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams rallied from a set down to dismiss Camila Giorgi and reach her first grand slam semi-final since becoming a wife and a mother. For her, it's a bit easier because she likes really these balls.

When Williams was asked her expectations after winning her first match at Wimbledon in two years, she said, "Not only do I expect to win, I expect to win emphatically".

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But as she has done at each stage here, in just her fourth tournament back since maternity leave, Williams elevated her play.

The first sign of the pressure getting to Giorgi came in the third game of the second when she forged a 30-0 lead on the Williams serve. It was a fearless performance that offered Williams one of her toughest tests since returning. "I'm like, 'I'm going as hard as I can on this one'".

After seven minutes, the decision was finally changed and the point replayed. She seemed undaunted by the stage or the opponent.

"Come on!" Williams screamed after clinching the second set with a service victor to level the match at one set apiece. Serena Williams, who lost a set for the first time at this year's Wimbledon, came back to win the final two sets 6-3, 6-4.

Kerber needed seven match points to close out No. 14 Daria Kasatkina of Russian Federation 6-3, 7-5 at Centre Court, while Ostapenko defeated 2014 Australian Open runner-up Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia 7-5, 6-4 on a windy No. 1 Court. However, apart from the Federer's unmatched brilliance, there was another incident from the encounter, which has become a talking point.

"You never know what to expect from her [Ostapenko]", Cibulkova said.

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In contrast, Goerges is in the Wimbledon semi-finals for the first time.

An artful practitioner of serve-and-volley tennis, Navratilova shrewdly varied her shots, particularly on Wimbledon's grass, during her Hall of Fame career.

That's how she would take on Williams, if they were contemporaries.

"The more I can just treat it like another tennis match, the better for me".

Shrieking and clenching her fists after every key point that went her way, Serena let out a gutteral "C'mon" once she wrapped up the set.

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